Wednesday, May 14, 2008

George Mason University struggles with enrollment

The National reports,
The first American university to open a campus in the UAE said it would not compromise admission standards to recruit more students – even if that meant leaving empty places on courses.

George Mason University opened in Ras al Khaimah in 2006 and still has fewer than 100 students enrolled in its bachelor’s degree programmes.
I've last track of the number of American universities that have announced that are entering the market in the Gulf only to abort before ever breaking ground. (There have been exceptions, like Virginia Commonwealth in Qatar.) It's not a money pot, and it may be more like a money pit. It will be interesting to see whether George Mason makes it in the long run. Ras al Khaimah is not a rich place.



Anonymous naz said...

Surely RAK is one of the places where educational institutes will be needed, where growth will be of a more communal nature, with families living in the new developments after being pushed out by Dubai housing prices?

8:56 PM  

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